What is mindful eating?

Lets start with the definition of mindfulness:

“Mindfulness is awareness that arises through paying attention, on purpose, in the present moment, non-judgementally. It’s about knowing what is on your mind.” – Jon Kabat-Zinn.

People often think that mindfulness or meditation involves clearing your mind of all thoughts, but this couldn’t be further than the truth as this would be an impossible task! Our minds are constantly busy, and so mindfulness is essentially about us being present and noticing what is going on in there, without judgement.

            Mindful eating, or what is also called intuitive eating, is:

“allowing yourself to become aware of the positive and nurturing opportunities that are available through food selection and preparation by respecting your own inner wisdom. By using all your senses in choosing to eat food that is both satisfying to you and nourishing to your body, acknowledging your responses to food (likes, dislikes or neutral) without judgment, and becoming aware of physical hunger and satiety cues to guide your decisions to begin and end eating you can change your relationship to food.” – The Centre for Mindful Eating
Mindful eating:
  • Is empowering.
  • Nourishes not only the body but also the heart.
  • Becomes easier and more enjoyable with practice.
  • Brings awareness of your interrelationship with other people and beings.
  • Helps you choose to contribute to the well-being of the Earth.
  • Is fun.
  • Promotes understanding of your true needs.
  • Helps you reconnect to your innate inner wisdom about hunger and satiety.
  • Helps you bring acceptance and balance to your life.
  • Offers the possibility of freeing yourself from habitual reactive patterns.
  • Helps you become aware of your thoughts, feelings and physical sensations related to eating.
  • Helps you shift the locus of control from external authorities to your body’s inner wisdom.
  • Empowers you to make healthier choices, unlike dieting, which can lead to feelings of deprivation.